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 August Charles Cook

August Charles Cook

Birth
Germany
Death 27 Sep 1915 (aged 57–58)
Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan, USA
Burial Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan, USA
Plot MINNEWAWA LOTS 131 & 132.
Memorial ID 100122185 · View Source
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August was born in Millhausen, Prussia & came to America with his parents when he as 10 years old. The family settled in Marquette, Marquette, Michigan where he went to school until he as 24. August began his law practice in Norway, Dickinson, Michigan and published the first copy of the Norway Current Newspaper. Moving to Iron Mountain he & Annie lived at 808 Carpenter Avenue (which became the site of Trinity Lutheran Church). They had 4 children: Matthew, Kathryn, Jay & Clarence. He was elected the first prosecuting attorney for the newly formed Dickinson County & served 4 terms until 1898, then another 2 terms from 1903-1908.("Born from Iron: Iron Mountain, Michigan 1879-1979")

Cook - Bolan: at Houghton, Mich. Oct. 27, 1886, Mr. August C. Cook to Miss Annie M. Bolan. The bride is an estimable lady who has resided in Houghton for some years and the groom is our own A.C. The happy couple arrived here Wednesday evening and will live at Inglledorf. We know that our people will welcome the young bride in Norway, both for her social qualities and for the sake of the man, whose home she will hereafter make brighter. It is not necessary for The Current to publically express its well wishes, as the community well knows our sentiments, but we will simply wish the "twain who are now one", long life and happiness. (The Current Newspaper (Saturday, Nov 4, 1886, Vol. II, Norway, Dickinson, Michigan)

A.C. COOK CALLED
LEADING LAWYER RESPONDS TO A SUMMONS FROM ABOVE.
Close of a Career Closely Identified With the History of Dickinson County and Our City.
August C. Cook departed this life at the family home on Carpenter avenue about two o'clock last Monday afternoon. Mr.Cook had been in poor health for a year or more and during the past two months had been confined to his home. The immediate cause of his death was acute pneumonia following a nervous breakdown. The funeral was held this morning from St. Mary's church and was attended by a
large concourse of friends, many being present from Norway and other range towns.
Mr. Cook is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. Will C. Crago, and two sons, Jay and Clarence, and the following sisters: Mrs. Nicholas King, of Ravensdale, Washington, Mrs. Martha Potter,of Eureka,California, Mrs. Dorothy Jacker, ofLivermore, California, Mrs. Mary Kohen, of
Berlin, Wis., and Mrs. Fred Henghtler, of Appleton, Wis. Mesdames Kohen and Henghtler were in attendance at the funeral.
Mr. Cook was born in Millhausen, Prussia, on May 14th, 1857, and came to this country with his parents in May, 1867, locating at Marquette, where he attended the city schools and studied law in the office of the late W.P. Healey, at that time a prominent member of the bar. He was admitted to be bar in 1880 and located in Norway, in 1881. While residing at Norway he enjoyed a large law practice
and was elected prosecuting attorney of Menominee county in 1888. He also represented Norway as a member of the
Menominee county board of supervisors. While residing in Norway he was engaged in the newspaper business, owning and
editing the Norway Chronicle, now the Current. In 1885, he became associated in the law business with Herbert M. Pelham and the relationship was maintained until hisdemise. The firm maintained offices in this city and at Norway, and Mr. Cook did not remove to Iron Mountain until the fall of
1889, when the present home on Carpenter avenue was occupied. Mr. Cook was one of the leaders in the historical fight which resulted in the enactment of the law organizing Dickinson county from territory taken from Menominee, Marquette and Iron counties. This fight was won in the face of vigorous opposition in the legislature of 1892, and
soon after the required legislation was secured Mr. Cook was appointed prosecuting attorney by the late Gov. Winans. [NOTE: Dickinson County was formed in 1891.]
Mr. Cook was a member of the county board in 1893 and 1894, representing the fifth ward. During his term of office the
court-house and jail were erected and Mr. Cook and Messrs. MacNaughton and Kelly served the people "well and faithfully" as a building committee. [NOTE: The court house and jail were erected in 1896.] Mr. Cook was a member of the lower house of the Michigan legislature during the
session of 1885-6, representing the district then comprising Dickinson, Iron and Baraga counties. He was elected by a vote of 2,890 to 1,060 received by John F. Fitzpatrick, his Democratic opponent. He gave the duties of the office his close attention, spending the entire winter at Lansing, but the position did not appeal to his nature and he declined a re-nomination. In the election of 1902, he was elected prosecuting attorney and held the office for
six years. During his term of office he successfully prosecuted some of the most notable criminal cases in the history of the upper peninsula. In the spring election two years ago, Mr. Cook was the candidate of the National
Progressive party for justice of the supreme court. Prior to that, he had refused the nomination for congressman.
The writer was a next-door neighbor to A.C. Cook for more than twenty years. We found him a thoughtful, helpful and kindly neighbor. A man of strong personality, he was intense and strenuous in his likes and dislikes. Mr. Cook was also a good fighter. He fought in the open and fairly. As a lawyer, he had few, if any, equals in the upper peninsula. He was particularly strong as a trial lawyer and as a cross-examiner. He was most thorough in preparing his
cases and his legal victories were brilliant. As a family man Mr. Cook was also intense. His love for the members of his family was most abundant – so bountiful that it was almost severe. During his last illness, before forced to retire, his every thought was to provide for their comfort and happiness after his demise. He understood that his time was short, and his last work was to provide for the future of his sons. As citizen he commanded the respect and
esteem of the community. He was one of Iron Mountain's strongest citizens from a mental standpoint and we will miss him in our council rooms. Mr. Cook was preeminently
a self-made man. He won his education and position under the most discouraging circumstances. To the mourning relatives The Press conveys the sympathy of many friends. "May he rest in Peace."


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A.C.COOK
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1857-1951

Gravesite Details This grave site is located along the roadway of the northeast section of Minnewawa on Lots 131 & 132.

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  • Added: 4 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100122185
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for August Charles Cook (1857–27 Sep 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100122185, citing Iron Mountain Cemetery Park, Iron Mountain, Dickinson County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by klh (contributor 47722765) .